Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

 
Torana
Dhamma Toraṇa, Egbert, Ontario, Canada
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Torana (Auspicious Gateway of Dhamma) is aptly named. The nearest major city, Toronto has been recognized by the United Nations as the most diverse city in the world, with more cultures and religions represented there than anywhere else. The centre has over 140 acres of beautiful woods, open spaces and ravines. A variety of wildlife shares the land with the meditators. The surrounding countryside is mostly agricultural, but a number of small towns and the city of Barrie are nearby.
How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course
  1. Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course. Old students will be given the option to serve.
  2. Please carefully read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline which you will be asked to follow during your course.
  3. Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. An application is required to register for all courses.
  4. Await notification. All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
  5. If your application is accepted then we require you to confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course.
Additional information
Ontario Vipassana Centre -- Dhamma Torana
6486 Simcoe County Road 56
Egbert, Ontario, L0L 1N0, Canada
Email: [email protected]
Phone: [1](705) 434-9850
Fax: [1](866) 691-5214 (Toll-Free in North America)

Under Ontario's Stage 3 - Reopening Guidelines, we are now able to run courses for a limited number of participants. 

Courses open for applications on a Monday, at about 5:00 am.

A student may apply to sit no more than one 10-day course. Any additional applications will NOT be processed. 

Courses may be cancelled or curtailed, at short notice, if Ontario reverts back to Stage 2. 

​Before applying, please ensure you meet the following criteria:

  • You are under 70 years of age. 
  • You have a sure way to leave the Centre if you become sick during the course. If do not arrive by private car, then you will need to provide us with the name of a family member or friend who is willing to come on a moment’s notice to take you home.
  • You do not have any comorbidities or health-compromised conditions that put you at greater risk.
  • You agree to wearing a face covering while at the Centre. Face coverings are mandatory while meditating in the meditation hall, if you have a hard time breathing through a face covering please consult with your healthcare practitioner or reconsider submitting an application at this time. 
    • You are permitted to not wear a face covering anytime you are outdoors, in your private room, meditation cell, or eating/drinking. 
  • You agree to adhere to the safety protocols while at the Centre (hand washing, physical distancing, hand sanitizing where hand washing is unavailable). 
  • You accept a menu with less variety, without special diet accommodation. 
  • In the 14 days leading up to the course, you agree to cancel your application if:
    • You have tested positive for covid-19.
    • You have been asked to quarantine. 
    • You have experienced symptoms related to covid-19.
    • You have been out of Ontario.

For all virtual sittings and programs, please visit the old student page for details: https://torana.dhamma.org/os/virtual-group-sittings/

 
Teenagers' and Children's Courses

Dhamma Torana offers one day Teen courses age from 13-17 and Children courses from 8-12.

No courses are currently scheduled.
 
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

See Comments for any special instructions for each course in this section.

All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day, continue for ten full days and end on the early morning of the last day.

If you have any serious food allergies, or due to medical issues, need a 5 pm meal or some other special consideration, please be sure to include this information in your application. If we receive this information after your application has been processed this may affect your status on the course and we may not be able to serve you  properly.

Please apply for no more than two ten-day courses at a time.

During the registration process, you will be receiving a number of e-mails from us. If you don't receive these emails, please check your Spam/Junk Mail box.

2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
21 Oct - 01 Nov 10-Day In Progress Egbert
Apply 01 Nov - 04 Nov SBC Open Egbert For old students
Help set up for the next course. Part time welcome.
Apply 04 Nov - 15 Nov 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Wait List Egbert Servers needed; please apply online
Apply 15 Nov - 18 Nov SBC Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Help set up for the next course. Part time welcome.
Apply 18 Nov - 29 Nov 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Servers - Wait List Egbert
Apply 29 Nov - 02 Dec SBC Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part time welcome.
Apply 02 Dec - 13 Dec 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Egbert
13 Dec - 16 Dec SBC Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part time welcome.
Apply 16 Dec - 20 Dec 3-Day Women - Closed New Men - Closed Old Men - Wait List Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Egbert For old students
Apply 20 Dec - 23 Dec SBC Servers - Open Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part time welcome.
Apply 23 December, 2020 - 03 January, 2021 10-Day Women - Closed Men - Closed Female Server - Wait List Male Server - Open Egbert
2021 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
06 Jan - 17 Jan 10-Day Applications accepted starting 07 Nov Egbert
17 Jan - 20 Jan Work Period Applications accepted starting 18 Nov Egbert For old students
Help set up the next course. Part-Time welcome.
20 Jan - 31 Jan 10-Day Applications accepted starting 21 Nov Egbert
14 May - 04 Jun 20-Day Applications accepted starting 15 Mar Egbert For old students
30 Sep - 31 Oct 30-Day Applications accepted starting 01 Aug Egbert For old students
 
Non-Centre Courses
All old students must register online to attend one day courses in GTA
No courses are currently scheduled.
 
 

The online application form encrypts your information before it is sent from your computer to our application server. However, it may not be totally secure even though encryption is used. If you are concerned about the possibility of security risks of your confidential information while it is on the Internet, do not use this form and instead download an application. Print and complete it. Then please send the form to the course organizers. By faxing or posting your application form it may delay the registration process by one to two weeks.


To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://torana.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: [email protected]

All courses are run solely on a donation basis. All expenses are met by donations from those who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who serve the courses volunteer their time. Thus Vipassana is offered free from commercialisation.

Old students are those who have completed a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Goenka or his Assistant Teachers. Old students have the opportunity to provide Dhamma Service at the courses listed.

Bilingual courses are courses which are taught in two languages. All students will hear daily meditation instructions in both languages. The evening discourses will be heard separately.

Meditation courses are held at both center and non-center locations. Meditation centers are dedicated facilities where courses are held regularly throughout the year. Before meditation centers were established in this tradition, all courses were held at temporary sites, such as campgrounds, religious retreat centers, churches and the like. Today, in regions where centers have not yet been established by local students of Vipassana who live in the area, 10 Day meditation courses are held at non-center course sites.


10-day Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. The courses begin after a 2 - 4 pm registration period and orientation, followed by 10 full days of meditation, and end the morning of the 11th day by 7:30 am.

20-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of five 10-day courses , one Satipatthana Sutta course, given Dhamma Service at least one 10-day course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

Work Periods have been set aside to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. On selected evenings, there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

Old Student Short Courses (1-3 days) are for any student who has completed the 10-day course with S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers. All old students are welcome to apply to attend these courses, including those where it has been some time since their last course.